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calf love

Origin of calf love
1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • It meant more to Angus, who presently suffered a severe attack of calf-love.

    The Land of Strong Men Arthur M. Chisholm
  • She, deeming him crazy after a severe attack of calf-love, humored his mood.

    The Bartlett Mystery Louis Tracy
  • But, Charlie, Ill no draw back in my word to you, if yell just put off for a year or twa this calf-love connexion.

    The Entail John Galt
  • The cause which the flag stands for may be foolish and fleeting; the love may be calf-love, and last for a week.

    A Chesterton Calendar G. K. Chesterton
  • You don't know what a man is; you with your calf-love a day old.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • Yet this I do feel free to say, by leave of you ladies, that calf-love has not the educative value of the genuine passion.

    Lore of Proserpine Maurice Hewlett
  • Is it possible that a man can come back across the years to his calf-love?

  • The manifestations of what is known as "calf-love" commonly occur quite independently of any thought of sexual contact.

  • I would only fain try a years probation in case its but calf-love.

    The Entail John Galt
  • Just after I was put to my prenticeship, having made free choice of the tailoring trade, I had a terrible stound of calf-love.

British Dictionary definitions for calf-love

calf love

temporary infatuation or love of an adolescent for a member of the opposite sex Also called puppy love
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for calf-love

calf love

noun phrase

puppy love (1890s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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